Concert Details

Great Romantics

  • David Fray

  • Michael Sanderling

  • Conductor / Performers

    Michael Sanderling conductor

    David Fray piano*

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  • Repertoire


    Die Meistersinger: Prelude


    Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor*


    Symphony No. 3 in D minor

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    this concert


Pianist David Fray was named BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008, and has been on the path to stardom ever since. Known for his lyrical, expansive and sometimes playful performances, Fray will play Mendelssohn’s sparkling, dynamic Piano Concerto No. 1. Felix Mendelssohn was one of the most naturally gifted composers who ever lived, almost Mozart-like in his youthful compositional output and ability to write melody. His first piano concerto was written in a period of only a few days, and was championed by Clara Schumann and Franz Liszt.

This concert also features Bruckner’s mighty tribute to Wagner, Symphony No. 3, a work sometimes referred to as the “Wagner Symphony.” Bruckner idolized Wagner, and as one would expect from a symphony dedicated to Wagner, this work is epic in scope, towering and powerful.


Michael Sanderling first graced the conductor’s stand at a concert of the Kammerorchester Berlin in 2000 – and caught fire. Having been familiar with the art of conducting from a young age, as son of the legendary Kurt Sanderling, Michael Sanderling took on more and more conducting roles, and was named the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam in 2006. Sanderling has been Music Director of the Dresden Philharmonic since 2011.

David Fray, described by the press as a “poet” and “perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach player of his generation,” continues to thrill audiences worldwide as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. David Fray holds multiple awards including the prestigious German Echo Klassik Prize for Instrumentalist of the Year and the YoungTalent Award from the Ruhr Piano Festival. In 2008 he was named Newcomer of the Year by the BBC Music Magazine. At the2004 Montreal International Music Competition, he received both the Second Grand Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of a Canadian work. www.davidfraymusic.com

Timing, Box Office and Concert Information: This concert will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes in length, including a 20-minute intermission. The Orpheum Box Office opens 2 hours prior to performance start time. Doors open 75 minutes ahead of performance time. Pre-Concert Talk begins at 7:05pm in the auditorium. If you have chose to pick up tickets at Will Call, please arrive at least 30 minutes before performance start time to pick up your tickets.

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Performance Dates

  • Saturday, Mar 3, 2018

    8pm Orpheum Theatre

  • Monday, Mar 5, 2018

    8pm Orpheum Theatre


Air Canada
Masterworks Diamond